2021 Subject to Change 'Lunatic' Ciapusci Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel
Dark blackberry, pepper and wildflowers
The Zinfandel was whole cluster foot-crushed, left on the skins for 7 weeks, and pumped over daily until dry for 3 weeks. It then underwent extended maceration for 4 weeks and then elevage for 11 months in 500L neutral oak puncheons. Single racking into the bottling tank. As always - native yeast fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Ciapusci Vineyard was planted in 1870 on the Mendocino Ridge appellation at 1,800 ft elevation. This coastal site is planted to own-rooted, low-yielding Zinfandel. Five generations of the Ciapusci Family have tended to this breathtaking property–Shawn Ciapusci is its current steward. These grapes are dry-farmed and grown high up in the fog line on the Mendocino Coast. The only way to get there is along the rugged Fish Rock Road from Yorkville or the coast. It’s an intense drive but the views alone are worth the struggle up the mountain.